New Members Sunday
We will be honored to receive new members into our RUMC Family on Sunday, September 17th. We are anticipating new additions to both our Hispanic and English congregations. If you are interested in joining us, and/or if you are need of Baptism, please let Pastor Merritt or Lay Pastor Norma know as soon as possible.
Financial Peace University
Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University (FPU) is a perfect introduction to gaining financial freedom for individuals, couples, and families. Through the course of nine 90-minute sessions, participants will learn how to pay down their debt, save for the future, and create a helpful budget that works for you and your spouse. The course allows families to plan, save, and grow together.
The next FPU session will be starting at Riverview First United Methodist Church on Thursday, September 14, at 6:45 PM in the church library. Sessions will run for the next nine Thursday evenings. Cost for the course is $95.00 which includes all the materials you will need for the course. This video introduces the course. You can pre-register at this link.
Important Church Decisions in September
Yikes! Our church’s Annual Conference has been scheduled a month earlier than usual this year. It will be held on Thursday, October 12, 2017 at 3:30 PM in our sanctuary. This meeting date and time was set to accommodate our new Superintendent, the Rev. Dr. Candace Lewis—who is attempting to preside at the Annual Conferences of the more than 50 added churches in her newly-formed Gulf Central Conference.
Consequently, we are having at least three important organizational meetings in August and September this year. There will be an important Staff-Parish Relationship Meeting on Tuesday, August 29th at 6:30 PM in the church library, and a follow-up Budget Meeting by the Finance Committee on Tuesday, September 12th at 7:00 PM in the church library. These meetings will help us establish the budget for church operations in 2018.
There will also be an important Nominations Committee meeting on Tuesday, September 19th at 6:00 PM. At this important meeting, the church will attempt to fill many recent vacancies in the leadership of the church.
Reports for our Annual Conference must be completed on-line, and the deadline for submitting reports is Monday, September 25th. (Please make sure that copies of the reports are provided to the church office.) There is a lot of early work to be done to get ready for our mission in 2018 and beyond.
Helping Our Children
Again this fall, we will be helping our friends at Riverview Elementary School through our donation of school supplies. Please note that only unopened, packaged basic supplies will be accepted. The school cannot accept used items, toys, DVD’s, books, etc. Supply bins have been placed in the narthex and outside the church office.
We are also collecting children’s books as part of the Metropolitan Ministry project. The books are to be supplied to children who attend our Saturday luncheons in partnership with Metropolitan Ministry.
Your donations in helping children in either of these ministries will be greatly blessed.
Fall Social Events at RUMC
On Sunday, September 17, the Care Committee will be doing a Cuban sandwich and chips luncheon. This luncheon will immediately follow our worship service and will begin at approximately 11:45 AM. You can eat your sandwiches in the fellowship hall, or take your lunches to go.
The United Methodist Men have scheduled their next Flapjack Fundraiser for Saturday, October 21st. The breakfast will be held at the Applebee’s Restaurant on Providence Road just north of Lumsden Avenue. Tickets and more information on the Flapjack Fundraiser will be available in September.
If any youth are interested in attending Confirmation Class this fall, please notify Pastor Merritt by the end of August. Confirmation is a process whereby youth in middle school or high school learn about Christian faith and Methodist beliefs and traditions. At the end of the process, the attendees will confirm their faith commitment to Jesus Christ, and will become full members of the RUMC church family.